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2 Samuel 7

1 Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and Jehovah had given him rest from all his enemies all around,
2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I am dwelling in a house of cedar, but the ark of God is dwelling inside tent curtains.
3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in your heart, for Jehovah is with you.
4 And it happened that night that the Word of Jehovah came to Nathan, saying,
5 Go and say to My servant David, Thus says Jehovah: Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?
6 For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.
7 Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?
8 Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: I have taken you from the pastures, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.
9 And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.
10 Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, without being disturbed; nor shall the sons of unrighteousness afflict them anymore, as before,
11 since the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. And Jehovah has declared to you that He will make you a house.
12 When your days are fulfilled and you have rested with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the strokes of the sons of men.
15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.
17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, thus Nathan spoke to David.
18 Then King David went in and sat before Jehovah; and he said: Who am I, O Lord Jehovah? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?
19 And yet this was a small thing in Your eyes, O Lord Jehovah; and You have also spoken of Your servant's house for a great while to come. Is this the manner of man, O Lord Jehovah?
20 Now what more can David say to You? For You, Lord Jehovah, have known Your servant.
21 Because of Your Word, and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to make Your servant know them.
22 Therefore You have been magnified, O Lord Jehovah. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
23 And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God has gone to redeem as a people for Himself, to make a name for Himself; and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods?
24 For You established Your people Israel unto Yourself as Your own people forever; and You, Jehovah, have become their God.
25 Now, O Jehovah God, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have spoken.
26 And let Your name be magnified forever, saying, Jehovah of Hosts is the God over Israel. And let the house of Your servant David be established before You.
27 For You, O Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, have disclosed this in Your servant's ear, saying, I will build you a house. Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You.
28 And now, O Lord Jehovah, You are God, and Your Words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant.
29 Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You; for You, O Lord Jehovah, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.
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